“Republicans” in San Francisco and Silicon Valley

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As I’ve said in the past, I like the Bay Area and San Francisco. I wouldn’t want to live there, and it is mind blowing that any city would name a road after Nancy Pelosi, but it’s a fun place in many ways. The food is great. There is good art though it is by no means a center of fashion. (Even Chicago dresses better than San Francisco.)  Golden Gate Park is fantastic. And when the sun breaks through the fog and the mercury creeps above 70 degrees, it is probably the most pleasant urban area I’ve ever experienced.

But politically (witness Nancy Pelosi Road) it is insane. Why for the life of me so many smart, innovative, entrepreneurial people vote against their interests is beyond me. The support for big government is deep and wide in Northern California.

Mostly I think it’s due to cultural issues. People out that way seem to have no understanding of the nuance of politics outside of the Democratic Party which dominates the state. (California is a one party state. A contact of mine in Cali said that many businesses operate there as if they were operating in Vichy France. Keep your head low and try to avoid the talons of the tax Nazis and regulators.)

Many folks, in my direct experience don’t understand that most “Republicans” (and I have long not been a Republican for the record) really don’t care all that much about “gay issues” one way or another. They don’t understand that many many “Republicans” are for legalizing pot. Etc. “Republicans” have been effectively painted in California as “oppressors.” Big bad evil white guys with guns and southern accents. Boogie men basically. Meanwhile California continues to list ever further toward dysfunction as many with assets abandon the state in search of some form of fiscal and political sanity.

California would be wise to wake up to the more libertarian “Right” which is emerging. If it doesn’t the state will just continue its drift down the hole. Which is really too bad. It’s so pretty.

(From The National Journal)

Though Eich’s was an extreme case, some Republicans in Silicon Valley fear that if they go public, they’ll face subtler, less direct repercussions. The CEO who spoke on background keeps his conservative-leaning views to himself, he said, because he doesn’t want to risk people not liking him, which could hurt his job in imperceptible ways. As a leader, he needs to be able to inspire people to join and thrive in his company. If he’s “contrarian,” he said, he can’t build the necessary camaraderie to succeed.

Matthew Del Carlo, the former president of the San Francisco Young Republicans and the COO of the California Young Republican Federation, said that transparent Republicans can have a much harder time finding work in the Bay Area. “I’ve had people tell me, ‘If I found out that this person’s a Republican, their resume’s off the list.'”…

…”Silicon Valley purports to be a place where the best ideas win,” Johnson said. “If we are going to encourage diversity, let’s not just stop with gender and ethnicity. How about ideological perspective?”

Conservatives and libertarians in Silicon Valley like Johnson are pioneering a new kind of Republican. With a distinctly libertarian flavor, they align with the party on the principles of liberty and limited government, but don’t necessarily lean right on—or care much about—social issues.

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